Top Cited Articles of All Time (2018 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2018 edition)

Keep in mind that citation counts can never be exact, there is something like a 5% error in most of these numbers. Please do not fret about number 32 versus 33, as this is often not a statistically significant difference. More information about citations in INSPIRE can be found here.

Also note that the counts shown, and used in the rankings, are the counts as of 2018-12-30. Further, the counts shown by the ranking are only the cites satisfying the criteria for that list. Actual citation numbers in the database may change as corrections are made and papers are added, the links will take you to the updated numbers.

Annual and All-time 2018 editions

68975 core citations up to the end of 2018PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 13855 core citations up to the end of 2018
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 21 pp.
    Published in Int.J.Theor.Phys. 38 (1999) 1113-1133, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252
    HUTP-97-A097, HUTP-98-A097
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026654312961, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 10148 core citations up to the end of 2018
  3. 9781 core citations up to the end of 2018
  4. 9033 core citations up to the end of 2018
  5. 8981 core citations up to the end of 2018
  6. 8895 core citations up to the end of 2018
  7. 8785 core citations up to the end of 2018
  8. 8506 core citations up to the end of 2018
  9. 7843 core citations up to the end of 2018
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  10. 7761 core citations up to the end of 2018
  11. 7078 core citations up to the end of 2018
  12. 6962 core citations up to the end of 2018
  13. 6841 core citations up to the end of 2018
  14. 6652 core citations up to the end of 2018
  15. 6471 core citations up to the end of 2018
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U., DAMTP & Caltech). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01608497, 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 6197 core citations up to the end of 2018
  17. 6153 core citations up to the end of 2018
  18. 6125 core citations up to the end of 2018
  19. 6020 core citations up to the end of 2018
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  20. 5704 core citations up to the end of 2018
  21. 5649 core citations up to the end of 2018
  22. 5641 core citations up to the end of 2018
  23. 5320 core citations up to the end of 2018
  24. 5193 core citations up to the end of 2018
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  25. 5067 core citations up to the end of 2018
  26. 5065 core citations up to the end of 2018
  27. 4940 core citations up to the end of 2018
  28. 4767 core citations up to the end of 2018
  29. 4757 core citations up to the end of 2018
  30. 4747 core citations up to the end of 2018
  31. 4746 core citations up to the end of 2018
  32. 4615 core citations up to the end of 2018
  33. 4557 core citations up to the end of 2018
  34. 4554 core citations up to the end of 2018
  35. 4521 core citations up to the end of 2018
    Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 66 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A16
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-129
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321591
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5076 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  36. 4415 core citations up to the end of 2018
  37. 4411 core citations up to the end of 2018
  38. 4404 core citations up to the end of 2018
  39. 4398 core citations up to the end of 2018